With a triumvirate of fruit, floral and spicy characteristics, this warm, juicy wine opens with black cherry, blueberry and strawberry flavors supported by distinct notes of vanilla, violets and spice. The powerful red and black fruit flavors persist on the palate, backed by refined tannins and balancing acidity. Bold yet restrained, this wine displays the plush elegance for which our signature Petite Sirah is known.
Wine Spectator(From 1985 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/15/88
Wine Spectator(From 1987 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/31/90
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2001 Vintage) Here is a mid-sized Merlot that eschews strength and evident extract in favor of polish. Its mild black-cherry themes are given a lift by slightly creamy oak, and, if tending a little to dryness at the finish, it is a pleasant, lightly tannic and wholly useful wine for near- to mid-term drinking.
Wine Spectator(From 1992 Vintage) Rating: 83/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/30/95